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Hurricane Sandy Fast Facts

Information to help you weather the weather.

  • Get your leaves off the street. Leaves left in piles on curbs or the road can contribute to flooding. Fold them on your lawn and rake them out when the storm passes.
  • The Springfield Police Department is the best phone contact for emergencies. Their non-emergency phone number, 973-376-0400, will have someone answering it 24 hours a day.
  • The Chisholm Center will be the primary shelter. If officials decide to open it once the storm hits, it will be stocked and staffed with emergency responders. 
  • Springfield's Municipal offices are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Springfield Public Schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. 
  • Garbage collection has been suspended for Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Library and the Motor Vehicle Commission are closed on Monday.
  • If you live in a flood prone area, move your vehicles to high ground. The municipal pool parking lot or the Evangel Baptist Church parking lot. 
  • Sign up for Springfield’s “reverse 911” service, the Community-Stat Public Notification System for all of your contact numbers. While land-lines may already be included in our Community-Stat Public Notification System, officials urge residents to also register cell phones and e-mail in case power goes out.
  • American Water supplies Springfield’s water. Their website is www.amwater.com. Their phone number is 1-800-652-6987. In addition, they are on Twitter and Facebook and are providing Hurricane updates here.
  • Jersey Central Power & Light supplies Springfield’s electricity. Their website is here. They have a 24-hour power outage line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). They have a special section on their website for storm information here.

Editor's note: there was some confusion about whether residents can park at Evangel Church. Residents are able to park there. 

Voiceofreason October 27, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Its a disgrace the mayor has been abusing the reverse 911 system for campaign purposes and promoting his garage sales. Now in a real emergency people are reluctant to sign up cell phones and emails bc they don't want annoying calls from the mayor about dumb stuff. this is an irresponsible abuse of power.
BART FRAENKEL October 28, 2012 at 02:27 AM
For as much as I dislike the mayor, the calls about this storm are necessary. But I do agree that all the others that have been made were unnecessary. The only issue I have with the calls about the storm is why he is making them and not the Office of Emergency Management, which is set up specifically for all emergency situations, which this certainly qualifies as.
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